AC Milan manager Paolo Maldini confirmed on Wednesday that French Chelsea center-forward Olivier Giroud is due to arrive in Italy while regretting the loss of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to Paris Saint Germain.
“Olivier should arrive in Milan tomorrow (Thursday),” said Maldini during the unveiling of the Serie A schedule for the 2021-2022 season.
The 34-year-old World Cup winner is set to sign a two-year contract worth three million euros per season with the Serie A runner-up, who will start next season at Sampdoria.
“He’s a champion, not just with the national team, he did great things with Chelsea, won the Champions League,” Maldini continued.
“He’s a very reliable player and that’s what we’re looking for. We have a young team and we need players with that experience. “
Milan star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is 39, underwent knee surgery in Rome in June and remains uncertain for the start of the next campaign.
Giroud joined Chelsea after six seasons with Arsenal in January 2018. He arrived in England from Montpellier with whom he won Ligue 1.
In England, between Chelsea and Arsenal, he won four FA Cups and three Community Shields. He won the Europa League and the Champions League with Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Maldini said there was “a bit of regret” that he lost Italy’s Euro 2020 winner Donnarumma, who joins PSG on a five-year contract.
“Gigio remains a big loss for us even though we bought a great goalkeeper,” said Maldini, with French international Mike Maignan signed from Ligue 1 champion Lille.
“He’s a boy who grew up in our nursery.
“The fact that the story is interrupted hurts. With Gigio, the past was very beautiful, but the future fascinates me more. “
# photo1 The 22-year-old, who saved two penalties in the Euro final and was named player of the tournament, heads to France with a free transfer.
In his six seasons with the Rossoneri, the Neapolitan goalkeeper made 215 Serie A appearances.
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